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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: May 9, 2011 8:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: where was Jerry

As to the exact answer , I looks like Jerry could have made the gig, the Dead were on break, and the JGB played 11/20 and them 12/1, but for something like this he could have made it .
For the bigger answer, I would guess, in late 76, the Dead were not all that popular, and viewed with some disdain by people in the "industry" . Maybe there was some embarrassment , to be associated with these 'relics of Haight-Ashbury" ( this attitude changed only whit the "In the Dark " era , when all of a sudden EVERYONE wanted to play with the Dead) .There was A LOT of politics ( much of this from Robertson vs the rest of the group - see Levon Helm's account ) going on wih who got to be in the concert .
By the time of the Dylan 30th, The Dead were more popular , but still had that "not acceptable for TV" image . Remember, this was not put together by Dylan, and he was rather reluctant about the whole thing . Also in the Dylan saga, the Dead have the association whit 2 of arguably his worst albums . I am sure there were folks at Columbia that would have said "NO !". They just didn't fit in with the "big star-power" sort of event , that it was . I have always fantasied the Dead putting on their own "Tribute" concert , with some of the musicians that were left out , or actually people that Dylan would want to hear himself ( Willie Nelson, for example ). But , then again the Dead certainly did their best to "pay tribute" to Dylan in most of their post 87 live work (same for Garcia ).

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: May 9, 2011 2:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: where was Jerry

Dudley, I do understand your image theory but these guys had to have been such good friends by this time I don't buy the idea that corperate heads as it were wouldn't go for him. Lets face it should been about the interpitation of Dylan's music which of course Jerry was so enammered with.
Now to answer DS because it was a Bill Graham affair so to speak that fact alone would definately lend them to being there. Yes as the story goes Dylan was supposed to do only one song and Bill and Albert Grossman fought like cats and dogs over that and we all know Bill won that one . As for Neil Young being wacked out of it ,yes he had a rough start but bounced back quite nicely.When Clapton came out he to me actually stole the show even after losing his strap and yes Robbie filled in as any pro would. As any of them being backstage who fuck knows until a picture shows up.
I don't know to me one gig was right in his home town with gaggle of friends and the other was to honor the music of another one of his best friends.On top of this he would do the occasional benefit, MIT and one for Greenpeace on board the Rainbow Warrior w/ more that right now I can't think of.
I must say though the respones today were much more thought out than my previous post ages ago and I do appreciate that.....LW

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: May 9, 2011 4:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: where was Jerry

On the Dylan show :To be honest , it is hard to say what caused The Dead, or Garcia to be excluded .
Were they asked ? Maybe they were already committed ? I know that Dylan had nothing to do with the choice of performers, some I believe he was not that excited about . He was in a bad place at the time, and sort of resented the "Bob Dylan , this WAS you life " feel .
I was only a buyer at a Tower Records, at the time , but even after "Touch of Grey", any respect they got from the record company types was grudging . It was like "hey , even a blind pig finds an acorn, once in a while ". The Dead were like from another planet , they just didn't get it . Maybe it was a good thing they were excluded , they would have got one song ( would they have to have their own equipment ?) and they were rarely able to dependably get going from a cold start . Maybe a Garcia Weir , Dylan acoustic deal ( ugh, you ever see the Live Aid performance with,Dylan Keith Richards and Woody , best forgotten ).
Dylan payed the Dead the ultimate compliment by actually asking to join the band , after his Forum with them n 89 ! Phil ( wisely ) vetoed it .

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